An Oregon man with a history of drug addiction has been charged with sexually assaulting a chicken.
Joshua Woltmon, 27, from Medford, Oregon, was arrested on May 1 for charges including menacing, public indecency, disorderly conduct, theft, possession of methamphetamine and sexual assault of an animal, the Daily Mail reports.
The man reportedly exposed himself and came into contact with the bird's genitals, Mail Tribune reports. He used the chicken "for the purpose of arousing and gratifying the sexual desire of a person," according to court documents. He also allegedly threatened a man with a sharp stick.
While court records do not show prior sexual offenses for Woltmon, he has been arrested dozens of times for charges including assault, harassment, trespassing and possession of methamphetamine.
He pleaded not guilty to the eight criminal counts against him on May 2, but Judge Tim Barnack ordered that he be held on a bail of $25,000. If he makes his bail, he will also need to comply with mental health professionals.
Court records from a guardianship case in 2014 show that Woltmon has bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to The Oregonian. Woltmon was described as having the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, and he is reportedly not able to make informed decisions.
Woltmon is expected to appear again in court on May 15, according to KOIN.
In another case of animal sexual assault in 2014, two men in Herkimer County, New York, were accused of sexually assaulting a farmer's cows.
Michael Jones, 35, and Reid Fontaine, 31, were charged with sexual misconduct for the incident, according to WSTM.
Police said Jones had agreed to film Fontaine trying to have sexual contact with several cows. The farm's owner reported that his cows appeared anxious and were not producing milk normally, so he set up a surveillance camera.
The two men were caught after the security recording showed that the cows were being sexually abused. The men were reportedly later released on an appearance ticket.
According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, 36 states have laws expressly outlawing the sexual assault of animals. States without these laws reportedly consider such cases under their anti-cruelty laws. Research has reportedly linked crimes of sexual assault against animals with violence against humans, according to a 2002 study.
According to a guidebook from the National District Attorney's Association, nearly one-half of states require those who are convicted on charges of charges of animal sexual assault to register as sex offenders.